Mission and Ministry in Bolivia

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At the end of last March and into April SGC, in partnership with two sister churches, spent time in Bolivia to do ministry at Case De Esperanza, an orphanage in Caranavi. It was a time of sharing the Gospel with our words and living out the Gospel with our hands.

The purpose of this blog post is not to recount the events of the trip but to express the desire of the SGC mission to delight in, display, and declare the glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Bolivia. This mission statement motivates SGC to do ministry across the street and when called, around the world.

For several years the relationship between SGC and Case De Esperanza has grown. In partnership with Case De Esperanza SGC is able to live out our mission statement in conjunction with James 1:27.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Christian ministry is motivated by the Gospel and through the Gospel comes mercy. Mercy is a response to another person in a desperate or hopeless situation. The call by James to visit orphans and widows in their affliction is call for the church to demonstrate mercy. The recent trip by SGC to Bolivia is a recognition that we demonstrate Christian mercy (and love) at Case De Esperanza. Roofing projects, wood staining, plumbing projects, playing soccer with children who do not know a biological mother and father, sharing the Gospel in love, all contribute to the overall mission of SGC.

Perhaps what is difficult about this ministry is that, for most, it is short term. Short term ministry trips are designed to temporarily take people to a place of need only to see them return. It hard to serve orphans at Case De Esperanza only to get back on a Boeing 755 headed for America. A variety of emotions arise from leaving a context of service and I consider these emotions as a positive part of the experience. Some people will realize there is a world beyond their own context. Some will feel called to future short-term ministry trips. And a few will be called to pack their bags and move. Regardless of how one person responds the mission of SGC is being worked out: We exist to make disciples who delight, display, and declare the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to see this done in the Twin Cities and around the world.

Summer Park Days

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Summer Park Days(1)Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy God’s goodness in his creation with one another! So every Tuesday this summer (June 3 – August 26) anyone is welcome to come at 10:00 a.m. to Cliff Fen Park in Burnsville (map here). The park has a playground, volleyball court, picnic shelters, and a soccer field. There is something for all ages so pack a lunch and plan to join us!

This would be a great opportunity to fellowship and encourage one another in parenting as well as reach out to unbelievers. Invite your neighbors and friends!

For more information, contact Lynette Vargas if you have any questions.

Garage No Sale Outreach Event

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…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” –Matthew 5:16

This June we’re excited to reach out to the community of Burnsville around the church office with the love of Jesus through both word and deed with our inaugural Garage No Sale event. This outreach event is designed to serve the “least of these” by giving them the opportunity to come and pick from among hundreds of gently used clothing items, household goods, toys, baby items, and small appliances at no cost. At this “sale” everything is FREE to those in need. Invitations to the event will be distributed in low income areas of Burnsville, to the clients of Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center, and other ministries in the Burnsville community.

How can YOU, Sovereign Grace Church get involved?

1) Donate your gently used household items.

As you start to clean out closets and the garage during Spring cleaning hold on to those items you typically donate to a thrift store and plan to bring them to the church office the week of June 16 (more info to follow as the time approaches). Donated items should be clean, in good condition, and sorted by category (housewares, toys, clothing by gender and age, etc.). We can’t accept donations early and don’t accept CRT computer monitors.

2) Sign up to help us extend invites to the Garage No Sale on June 18.

3) Sign up to help sort and organize donations the week of June 16.

4) Sign up to help on Saturday, June 21 with greeting our guests, organizing items, handing out refreshments, and sharing the gospel.

Online sign up here.

This Week at SGC

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Upcoming events

Monday, May 12

6:30pm | Christianity Explored

Tuesday, May 13

6:30pm | Financial Review Team Meeting

Wednesday, May 14

6:30pm | 267 Youth Gathering

Thursday, May 15

7:00pm | Eikum, Maurer, Nass, and Veldhuizen Small Groups w/Shawn Powers

Sunday, May 18

8:45am | DK Lead Meeting

10:00am | Sunday Celebration

11:40am | Members Family Meeting

6:00pm | 267 Senior High Small Group

We Proudly Support Amnion’s Walk for Life

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Join Us In Walking June 7th to Celebrate Life

Supporting those who do not have a voice is a priority at Sovereign Grace Church, and
the Bible is not short of passages that exhort the church to stand up for injustice.
Proverbs 31:8-9, right before the words from King Lemuel’s mother tell him of what to
look for in a wife, says this:

Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

An organization that stands up for the “mute” is Amnion, located in Burnsville,
Minnesota. “Since 1991, Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center has provided Christ-centered,
compassionate and free services to women and men who are facing an unplanned
pregnancy in their lives.” This Gospel centered clinic lovingly receives women and
provides free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and pregnancy & abortion education,
post-abortion grief support, and much more. Amnion is helping women with unplanned
pregnancy and advocating for children who have not yet been heard.

Sovereign Grace Church recognizes the importance of standing with Amnion. In doing
so we encourage members at SGC come together for the Celebrate Life Walk. The
Celebrate Life Walk is a 2-mile walk and an opportunity to raise money for Amnion.
Whether you create a team of people to walk with or join an existing team this is a great
opportunity to support the unborn by coming together as a church community.

Watch a quick video with highlights from last year’s Walk for Life

Not only is God interested in advocating for those who do not have a voice, but
specifically for the unborn babies who have not yet heard. Perhaps one of my favorite
chapters in the Bible about God’s plan for the unborn is Psalm 139. In vv. 13-14 the
Psalmist acknowledges the role God has with the unborn.

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

So why does SGC support Amnion? Because Amnion loves the Gospel, loves the
mother who is expecting unexpectedly, and loves the unborn.